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VOL. 129 | NO. 168 | Thursday, August 28, 2014

Greenprint Advocates Tout Range of Benefits

After being lampooned for years as one of the worst metro areas in the country for bicyclists and pedestrians, the Memphis region is poised to make a huge leap forward in developing a regional greenway and trail system.

Changing Landscape

‘High-end’ grocery chain eyes Memphis market

A “high-end” grocery store chain not currently serving the Memphis market has leased the shuttered former Kroger store at 9050 U.S. 64 in Lakeland and should open in the spring, according to a Lakeland official.

Hopson Changes School System’s Front Office

The set of four regional superintendents of Memphis City Schools came and went and came back in the last 40 years of the school system that merged in 2012 with Shelby County Schools.

Mullins Joins New Memphis Institute as Marketing Director

Anna Mullins likes promoting Memphis – so much so that she keeps finding new ways to make a living doing it.

Cohen: Ferguson Police Could Have ‘Shot to Wound’

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen said police in Ferguson, Mo., could have shot to wound instead of shot to kill Michael Brown in the fatal incident there this month that has prompted national and international reaction to a number of race-related issues beyond the shooting.

Local Weather
Today
Memphis, TN
76°F
Partly Cloudy
Wind: 3 mph
Humidity: 69%

EVENTS

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis will hold free how-to clinics with Lowe’s and a kickoff of Habitat’s 2014 building season Thursday, Aug. 28, at Memphis Habitat, 7136 Winchester Road. Clinics will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will focus on painting and working with hardware and power tools. The short kickoff program will follow. Visit memphishabitat.com for details.

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‘Eager’ Tigers Ready to Begin Hopeful Season

By now, pretty much anyone with an interest in University of Memphis football knows there will be concerts on Tiger Lane and that this season’s slogan is “Wait ’Til This Year.”

LOCAL COLUMNISTS

Beneficiary Forms Trump Your Will

Ray’s take: Few people like to think about death – particularly their own. But a sound estate plan includes dealing with that possibility to be certain your wishes are honored after you “make the switch.”

Counsel to the Council?

In the statewide daily I read each morning, the Aug. 13, 2014, “Judge Parker” comic strip featured legal secretary Gloria saying to senior partner Sam, “Rocky Ledge is talking about having Steve come aboard as corporate council” (sic). I’m not a reader of this strip. Or any soap-operaesque strips, actually. Though I can remember a time in life when I read “Mary Worth” on a regular basis. I just can’t remember why.

STATEWIDE

GM to Move Cadillac SRX Production to Tennessee

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) – General Motors is moving production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to a factory in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Longtime Tennessee Civil Rights Lawyer Dies at 86

NASHVILLE (AP) George Barrett, a longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer known for handling a case that ultimately desegregated the state's public colleges and universities, has died. He was 86.

NATIONAL BUSINESS

US Economy Forecast to Grow By 1.5 Percent in 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday forecast that the U.S. economy will grow by just 1.5 percent in 2014, undermined by a poor performance during the first three months of the year.

NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

SEC Adopts Rules on Loan-Backed Securities

WASHINGTON (AP) – Financial firms that sell securities backed by loans, like the kind that fueled the 2008 financial crisis, will have to give investors details on borrowers' credit record and income under action taken Wednesday by federal regulators.

HEALTH CARE

Medtronic Spends $350 Million on Another European Deal

U.S. medical device maker Medtronic is building stronger ties to Europe, a couple months after announcing a $42.9 billion acquisition that involves moving its main executive offices across the Atlantic, where it can get a better tax deal.

3 Ways Insurers Can Discourage Sick From Enrolling

Insurers can no longer reject customers with expensive medical conditions thanks to the health care overhaul. But consumer advocates warn that companies are still using wiggle room to discourage the sickest – and costliest – patients from enrolling.

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PROPERTY SALES 67 156 11,921
MORTGAGES 77 227 15,577
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 57 3,080
BUILDING PERMITS 222 606 28,832
BANKRUPTCIES 82 210 11,517
BUSINESS LICENSES 23 73 4,228
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 87 339 17,522
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